Wednesday 24 July 2019

I’m late to my desk this morning, following last night’s terrific storm. The dog didn’t stop shouting at the shouty sky until looooong after the sky had stopped shouting, and that disturbed the night really. (The poet was away.) I did enjoy watching it, though, until the lightning got too bright and I had to pull…

Goldthorpe Writers: “this is the end”

Once again there were three of us at the meeting, plus one apology. We wish a speedy to recovery to our member who is currently getting over a recent operation. The theme for this week’s meeting, for those not already working on something, was “this is the end”. One member had also been set at…

Tuesday 23 July 2019

I got through quite a lot of work in a short time yesterday. It was a busy day. First of all I read the last few chapters of the NetGalley book. That means there will be a new review posted in the next few days, hopefully tomorrow (Wednesday). I wrote 816 words for The Fool…

Monday 22 July 2019

Much of Friday was spent finishing the client edit, and I did, and I submitted it, and he cleared payment. It will be in my bank on Wednesday. How cool is that? I read two more chapters of the NetGalley book, and I wrote a blog post. And that was Friday. We had a fairly busy…

Friday 19 July 2019

It’s great being able to turn up to work wearing whatever you like. Yesterday it was shorts and t-shirt again before I had to “get dressed” to go out. The first hour of the day was spent reading three chapters of the NetGalley book. I also did a tiny bit of gig list admin (shared…

Thursday 18 July 2019

Yesterday’s writing attire of choice was a more respectable shorts and t-shirt, but when the rain came and the temperature dropped, I dressed myself properly once again. I didn’t get much writing work done. I managed to read another chapter of the NetGalley book, I wrote a blog post and I did a chunk of…

Wednesday 17 July 2019

It was so hot here yesterday I ended up stripping down to just a nightie and flip flops to sit and work in. That felt both refreshing and quite liberating. I’m not complaining. The last house was the coldest house in the world and cost us a fortune to heat. At least that’s one thing…

Goldthorpe Writers: “the old man”

The group is still very much in its infancy and we’re still finding our feet, so the library forgot that we’d changed the start time this week from 2:00pm to 2:30pm. When I got there, I was quite excited to see that a space at the table had been “bagsied”. I’d seen a chap walk…

Writing diary

I want to get back to blogging on a regular basis, with at least an update of what I did “yesterday” and what I intend to do “today”. I’ll still interpolate all of this with the diaries (of a novel, of a pocket novel), my fat year updates, weekly reports from the writing group, book…

Busy writing, editing, proofreading …

My own work has become quite lax of late, with me either feeling very sorry for myself (tooth extraction) or concentrating on work for other people once again. (And I have toothache!) Last week I was busy finishing a “heavy proof” for lovely-already-client, and a new edit came in from lovely-new-regular-client. I was also approached…

Goldthorpe Writers: Monday 8 July 2019

We welcomed another new member to the group yesterday, who hadn’t been able to come before now due to various reasons. But she hopes to be with us every week if possible. There were still two extended apologies until September, one member sent her apologies due to ill health, and another didn’t think she could…

My (new) fat year: back on the wagon (5¼lb)

I didn’t so much as fall off the wagon as step off. It started two weeks ago tomorrow, Saturday. We were doing some “heavy manual” work for my mother-in-law. She’d had a skip delivered and we knocked down two sheds to fill it with – along with most of the contents. It was a gloriously…

Goldthorpe Writers: “death at the pit-head”

I didn’t go to the meeting last Monday because I already had a dental appointment, and one we’d been waiting for for a long time. I had an email from the library anyway, saying none of the others could make it either. So I didn’t miss very much. This week, we had apologies from two…

Diary of a Novel: plotting the murder

I haven’t been completely idle since 10 June when I last updated the novel-writing diary. Aside from completing three large editing projects for a client, I’ve also started work on a pocket novel and joined a new writers’ group. Yesterday a short editing job arrived all the way from Hong Kong, from a new client….

Diary of a pocket novel – 1 step forward, 2 steps back

The murder board is really helping with the structure of the pocket novel. But I’ve been working recently on screen for my editing jobs and when I sat down to write the pocket novel by hand, I kept on hitting a brick wall. I need to get into my writing rhythm again for this one….

My (new) fat year: weeks 3 & 4 = ¾lb loss (5¾lb)

In truth, I lost ¼lb last week, and ½lb this week, but I skipped last week’s weekly update as I was busy working (again!). Regardless, though, I still have a 5¾lb weight-loss, which is pretty good going. I say pretty good going, because I really am not starving myself at all. Yes, I’m eating foods…

Diary of a pocket novel – getting organised

I’ve been working on the pocket novel for the past couple of days. I’m trying to write it by the seat of my pants, but I am a natural planner. So I went in to Scrivener to add a new file … and I already had one! There’s even some writing on it. So I’m…

My writing day

I think I’m getting back into the writing groove. I’ve designed a schedule intended to allow me to work on my own material for part of the day as well as edit for clients for the rest of the day. It’s taken quite a few years to get here, but it seems to be working….

Goldthorpe Writers: “steam trains”

Last week I joined a new writers’ group over in Barnsley. Goldthorpe is about 25 minutes away by car, even if I do have to wait on two level crossings for trains. The library is really nice and one of my favourites. When I lived in Barnsley, I used to go there quite often. There…

Diary of a pocket novel – and an oxymoron …

I’ve always wanted to write a pocket novel. There are two of our weekly magazines who publish pocket novels (PNs) – or apx. 39,000-word novellas – and as far as I know they both publish something like two PNs a month. The word-count requirement fluctuates, but they’re roughly 35,000 – 45,000 words long at one…